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Pretty Face by Mary Hogan
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Jun 04, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult, relationships, setting-doorway, character-doorway, reality-fiction, travel-fiction
Read from June 04 to 05, 2012

This book is about soooo much more than an overweight high school girl living in perfection city (Santa Monica). The story involves the quest for self-acceptance, the willingness to take risks and let people in, despite the chance of getting hurt. It includes the lesson of not getting too comfortable, of getting out of the bubble and seeing how the rest of the world lives. Hayley, who has an overbearing mother, a weight problem and a crush who loves her best friend, gets the opportunity to go to Italy for the summer. While in Italy, Hayley begins to "feel" every moment instead of becoming numb when things get tough. She deals with her secret eating binges and realizes that you don't have to be perfect to have a wonderful life. She also learns that just because you don't fit in somewhere, doesn't mean you won't fit in anywhere. I know a lot of adults who would be touched by this book and could learn from the experiences of this 16 year old girl.

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